Best Books of 2008

The best books first published during 2008.

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3.94 avg rating — 223,604 ratings
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1,688 books · 6,935 voters · list created May 29th, 2008 by deleted user.
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Cynthia 6278 books
237 friends
Maria 3506 books
221 friends
Marie 2344 books
172 friends
Jen 1992 books
69 friends
Robert 109 books
53 friends
Shelly 1583 books
43 friends
Jordan 120 books
50 friends
Ashley 1222 books
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message 1: by Terri (new)

Terri the worst part is I havent read ANY of these books yet!


message 2: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Me either. Wonder if that says more about me, or about the books?


message 3: by Jess (new)

Jess um... I haven't read any of these!!


message 4: by Phyllis (new)

Phyllis I have not read any of these- put some James Patterson books and I will vote- lol- Phyllis


message 5: by Del (new)

Del I've read 1 and 1/2 of the books on this list (and the Number-1-so-far is one book I couldn't bear to read more than halfway through). Looks like I'll be adding even *more* to my "To Read" list!


message 6: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah Neither have I....I've been so busy with reading for work and school that I am still catching up on the things I've meant to read the past few years. I'm quite a good deal behind....


message 7: by Isa (new)

Isa I cannot vote fairly until I've read a good number of these, but I really enjoyed the Twilight series.


message 8: by Anjuelle (new)

Anjuelle none of the books I've read were on the list.

Thanks for being my friend at goodreads.

Have a nice day.

anjuelle
Imagination is the key to freedom.
The artist's job is to cultivate and nurture her or his imagination, and that of others.



message 9: by Made (new)

Made DNA who decided which books got on this list?


message 10: by Irwan (new)

Irwan me neither... havent read any of those books...


message 11: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Eeek! I haven't read any of these, either. (Blush) Lists like these just remind me of how I *really* don't get enough reading in these days. :..(


Charlene McConnell Hey, I've read some of these, which I find is an oddity, usually these lists contain nothing I have read!

Charlene


message 13: by Ardita Çaesari (new)

Ardita Çaesari Most of these books just arrived in the country where I live and applies like 40% tax to imported books. I'd like to save first

Although I'd really like Jhumpa Lahiri's book to be the best.


message 14: by Anjuelle (new)

Anjuelle Adam:

Thanks. But you've listed none of the books I've read.

anjuelle
Imagination is the key to freedom.
The artist's job is to cultivate and nurture her or his imagination, and that of others.



message 15: by Phyllis (new)

Phyllis Sorry I never read any of these- Phyllis


message 16: by Ali (new)

Ali Thank You!
But you've listed none of the books I've read!
Sorry!



message 17: by Lynda (new)

Lynda I know nothing about any of those books.



message 18: by Terri (new)

Terri Have to admit, havent read a single one of these


message 19: by John (new)

John I like it, but aren't we jumping the gun a little?


message 20: by STEPHanie (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:15AM) (new)

STEPHanie Collao Hello, why isn't Breaking Dawn on here yet? Must add it...


Hippo dari Hongkong I haven't read any of those books :(
so sorry


message 22: by Janie (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:15AM) (new)

Janie Pendleton had to vote for the only book that I've read on the list...to say any different would not be fair. Breaking Dawn, I have not finished yet.


message 23: by Donald (new)

Donald Can't this wait till the end of the year? We have five and a half more months of 08 left.


message 24: by Matthew (new)

Matthew The Shock Doctrine is my pick.


message 25: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Also for you poetry lovers out there, you can pick up my book, Organic Hotels @ lulu.com or any major book store website.


message 26: by Ivan (new)

Ivan -you people have to made a list in every language, I only read 4 of this books and aren´t the "best books 2008"

ciao


message 27: by Mary (new)

Mary You should add MORE THAN THIS by Margo Candela. It just came out and it's fabulous!


message 28: by Natalio (new)

Natalio Feliciano The best book I have read is: The Lady Waved Good-bye, by Natalio Feliciano


message 29: by A.F. (new)

A.F. I haven't read any of them, I haven't even heard of most of them. I must be out of touch.


message 30: by Brian (new)

Brian Ditto most of these thouughts. I haven't heard of most of these, but have added some to my list.


message 31: by Lea (new)

Lea I have not read any of these - just started Katie Ford's book though. A few would definitely go on my To-Read list but I have a lot already. I second the thought that we should wait a few months. A lot of good books come out in the fall and that's where I do the bulk of my reading (also, winter when I;m inside more...


message 32: by Stephan (last edited Aug 13, 2008 03:56PM) (new)

Stephan I have not read any of these books either. I'm usually busy writing my own. I guess I will have to try harder.


message 33: by Lara (new)

Lara Haven't read of these. Sorry.

Lara


message 34: by Anjuelle (new)

Anjuelle Sorry, but I've read none of the books on your list.

I did see one I want to check out.

Take care and thanks for being my friend.

anjuelle
Imagination is the key to freedom.
The artist's job is to cultivate and nurture her or his imagination, and that of others.



message 35: by Anjuelle (new)

Anjuelle Sorry but I haven't read any books on this list.

Thanks for being my friend at goodreads.

anjuelle
Imagination is the key to freedom.
The artist's job is to cultivate and nurture her or his imagination, and that of others.



message 36: by Nicki (new)

Nicki I would love to share my opinion but I haven't read any of these books. Sorry.


message 37: by Antoine (new)

Antoine You know, you can add books to these lists. That is sort of the point.


message 38: by Will (new)

Will Colbert I haven't read any of the Books I voted on-but they
look like they would be enjoyable reading?
Will


message 39: by Terri (new)

Terri Can't believe I havent read a single one of these, though several are in my TBR piles


message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

I hadn't read any of these either, so I added Amanda Grange's Mr.Knightley's diary. That was probably my favorite read of 2008.


Cindy K. Green
Author of Sweet, Sensual, and Inspirational Romance




message 41: by Maryanne (new)

Maryanne Raphael My favorite book was the Last Lecture. I found it so touching, so inspiring. It is a book I will never forget.
Maryanne


message 42: by Niloufar (new)

Niloufar
actually I really would love to vote but I haven't read any of these books ... plz accept my apologize for that ...

good luck

Niloofar


message 43: by bjneary (new)

bjneary Thanks for letting me vote- I have read many of the books but I really, really enjoyed Jennifer Storm's book and I am still passing it around to my adult friends (who may or may not have children dealing with alcoholism) and they love it too----it speaks volumes that Jennifer struggled for so long and now look at her recovery, her job (which can be sooo challenging!!! and rewarding!!!!) and her happiness in life. I wish everyone would read her book.


message 44: by Gay (new)

Gay ay-ya!!!! I haven't read one of those books!!! Sorry. I'll have to get too it!


message 45: by Michele (new)

Michele Lee Several of these are small press or self published books that have gotten less than stellar reviews elsewhere. I dub this list suspect.


message 46: by Cyndie (new)

Cyndie Kalina Indeed the list is questionable. Each respondent should add their favorite not just select from the list


message 47: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Alot of these books I havent read yet but I would love to read them!


message 48: by Laurel-Rain (new)

Laurel-Rain I'm afraid that many of these books are on my To Be Read list, or I haven't even thought about them. I voted for a book that I had read and enjoyed.


message 49: by Karen & Gerard (new)

Karen & Gerard I haven't read any of these so can't vote, sorry.


message 50: by Terri (new)

Terri I havent read any of these books


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